Exclusive: Brother of Afghan killed in US drone strike demands compensation; thanks WION

WION Web Team
Kabul Published: Sep 19, 2021, 11:26 AM(IST)

Ezmal Ahmadi wants compensation from the US for the drone strike in which 10 of his family members were killed Photograph:( AFP )

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Emal informed that five children were inside the car and some were around the car when the US drone strike took place.

As US defence secretary Lloyd Austin apologised for the drone strike in Kabul that mistakenly killed ten civilians, including children, WION's Anas Mallick visited the house of Emal Ahmadi whose brother and children were killed in the airstrike.

Emal informed that five children were inside the car and some were around the car when the drone strike took place. Emal informed that his brother's son was trying to park the car when the drone strike occurred. He showed the slippers of the deceased who were killed during the strike.

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Emal demanded compensation from the US government including a safe passage out of Afghanistan as he urged the US government to punish those involved in the strike. He said the US government officials haven't reached out to him.

The US drone strike was conducted on August 29 as the evacuation was taking place in Afghanistan just days after the ISIS-K suicide attack in which 13 US service members were killed including several Afghans along Kabul airport.

Emal thanked WION for coming to the spot while showing the damaged vehicle. Emal lost ten family members including his own daughter. US General Frank McKenzie conceded that seven children were killed in the airstrike.

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McKenzie said it was "unlikely" that those who died in the car were associated with ISIS-K terrorists while expressing condolences to those who were killed during the strike.

"This strike was conducted in the earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces and the evacuees at the airport, McKenzie added, "but it was a mistake", he said.

"As a combatant commander, I am fully responsible for this strike and its tragic outcome," McKenzie said.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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